I just went through the same decision making process that many others did. I ended up choosing a new 2012 650 Burgman instead of the BMW, Silverwing, Majesty, or whatever. My choice was all due to that magic transmission (good for at least 50,000 miles.) When I test drove the 650 Burgman you could tell it was more like a true 5 speed automatic than an infinite speeds CVT type. Love this 650 Burgman scooter/step through motorcycle/whatever. So far I feel I have lost none of the fun of driving two wheels. I can corner with as much speed as I'll ever want to do. It's smooth, comfortable, quiet, and to top it off: the wifester loves riding in the back seat of this vehicle more than she's enjoyed riding with me in years.